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Old 03-05-2012, 03:12 PM   #181
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Drone; Sorry I was not trying to high jack your thread and agree should use other threads for discussing tires and mileage. I got carried away responding to Claude.

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Old 03-07-2012, 11:41 AM   #182
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I am most interested in 2 particular mods. The white parking brake and the attachment system used for the garage door opener.

Have you patented these ideas? Are these prototype or production models?



Awesome combo, I'd love to see it in person some time.

Good job!
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:16 PM   #183
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I have not been able to patent those two items due to the tremendous backlogs in the U.S. Patent office.

But my patent attorney, to whom I have paid $4000 so far, says that for another $10,000 he's sure he could get the approval process moving.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #184
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:35 AM   #185
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:47 AM   #186
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Way Cool - Vredstein?

Totally awesome rig, the paint/colors are stunning! See you have a Vredstein SnowPlus 155/80-R15 listed as your pusher. Can you point me to a source?
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:22 AM   #187
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Hola Mike...Willkommen Zurueck!

You might be able in getting them according to ADV inmate RWAZ who writes:

"For any of you that are interested I did find the Snow+ tire in Denver.

If interested the company and phone number are

Premier Tire Terminal
1-303-297-9555

They said they had plenty."



I don't recall when he wrote this..(winter/fall/summer of 2011 ??)

Cheers...
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:52 PM   #188
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Totally awesome rig, the paint/colors are stunning! See you have a Vredstein SnowPlus 155/80-R15 listed as your pusher. Can you point me to a source?
Mikepa emerges from Gobi Desert or whatever far off place he's been just to comment on my thread! Too cool for words!

Mike, the 165's are more available than the 155's and there was a recent thread that talked about sources -- here. Seems like Vredestein does a production run once a year and fills North American orders in the Fall.

Now, if you are headed back to Shangrila or wherever, and want to take a 155 with you, I got an extra I can let you have (it's a fresh one). I won't need it until the end of this riding season which means I could order a new one in the Fall to replace it with.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:25 PM   #189
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Totally awesome rig, the paint/colors are stunning! See you have a Vredstein SnowPlus 155/80-R15 listed as your pusher. Can you point me to a source?
Hello Mike...try Clicking here:


http://www.vredestein.com/Dealerlocator

or go to:

http://www.vredestein.com/

and find the dealer locator . It is global
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:43 PM   #190
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Now, if you are headed back to Shangrila or wherever, and want to take a 155 with you, I got an extra I can let you have (it's a fresh one). I won't need it until the end of this riding season which means I could order a new one in the Fall to replace it with.
Your offer is way too kind, why I love this commuity (especially the Hack-ers)!

Actually, I have 3 spare 165R15 BFG's (for the pusher and tub) and 2 spare 135R15 Nankang's for the front, but the BFG's are not that great in the wet and mud, and the Nankang's just make me nervous. Would just like better-quality M+S-rated shoes all around, but sources are limited here in the USofA as we all know.

Am heading over on 24 April with my lovely bride to pick up the rig I have stored in Heidelberg (my R1200/EZS road hack) and ride Europe for a few weeks. The guy I store my rig with (Stefan Knopf, check him out at http://www.knopftours.com/Web-Site/Hello.html) is pretty resourceful, totally into bikes and hacks, and ships a couple of containers of bikes and stuff across the pond every year. I'm going to see if he can find hack tires for me in Europe, and if so, will have him stuff some in one of his containers.

Anyway, gracias for the very kind offer, but I'm good to go.

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Old 04-14-2012, 04:44 PM   #191
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Hello Mike...try Clicking here:


http://www.vredestein.com/Dealerlocator

or go to:

http://www.vredestein.com/

and find the dealer locator . It is global
Hi Claude -

Thanks for the links. Searching for a dealer in my area just links me back to their offices in NJ. But, appreciate the research. BTW, super job on Stroker's tub!

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Old 04-14-2012, 04:48 PM   #192
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Hola Mike...Willkommen Zurueck!
recall when he wrote this..(winter/fall/summer of 2011 ??)
Cheers...
Hola 'Farher, long time no see. Hope you and your lovely Missus made it through the winter and have some riding planned once the weather breaks! Thanks for the heads-up. As noted above, I'm going to try the direct import route first, but if all else fails, I'll see if I can order a six-pack of these when I return. And remember, if you guys are ever out this way again, mi casa, tu casa.

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Old 04-14-2012, 05:04 PM   #193
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Had a chance to ride my rig over the scale at my local dump and thought I'd share what I found out. With dog and camping gear and a half tank of gas, I rolled in at 1320 lbs.

30% (400 lbs) was on the front wheel, 20% (260 lbs) was on the the sidecar wheel, and the remaining 50% (660 lbs) was on the rear wheel.

Weird that it came out so even at a perfect 30/20/50 split.

For reference, I think that the rider and passenger, tools, equipment, camping gear etc that I had on board with me when I hit the scale weighed around 450 lbs so that leaves the outfit at about 870 lbs naked (but with panniers and other farkles). Seems reasonable compared to BMW's published dry weight of 550 lbs.


Maybe a universal rule of thumb at work here. I put my rig on the scales, and with our camping kit, my wife and I on board, we came in at 1,280lbs rolling weight, the distribution was:
  • Front: 440lbs (34%)
  • Tub: 280lbs (22%)
  • Pusher: 560lbs (44%)
That's roughly the 30/20/50 split (give or take) you saw on your rig and "kit".

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Old 07-07-2012, 11:15 AM   #194
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Sequim Lunch Trip

Wife and I took WUMPA to Sequim for lunch yesterday. 230 mile day. Google Map of our route. Wife's first time on gravel. She didn't like it--only because of the road vibrations coming up thru the suspension into the seat.



Haven't made any significant changes to WUMPA. Got a new (smaller) Bags Connection tankbag. Added some clear protective vinyl to the tank. Changed the brake pads on the car. Re-coated the headers--the black ceramic did not hold up very well so I'm trying the Chromex now. Added a new-style cam chain tensioner which quieted down the engine and I think maybe even smoothed it up somewhat. Tried a Steptoe jumper to change the engine map to something richer, but performance went backwards, so I removed it. Replaced the original starter with a new Valeo. Added a TyreGard TPMS--very handy mod by the way.

Got a little over 62,000 miles now. Pretty happy with the set-up.

Oh, wait, I just remembered that I did add one more piece of bling that I got on eBay from Andrew Fekete. Remember him (Adventurer's Workshop)? It's a Rear Master Cylinder Boot Guard which, as the name suggests, protects the double-barreled master cylinder setup from my ginormous size 48 boot. Only $20.

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Old 08-17-2012, 12:05 AM   #195
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Problem with sub-frame mounting bolt

One of the DMC subframe mounting points is to the bolt that attaches the brake pedal to the right side peg bracket. See red arrow below--




You can see the black subframe there behind and under the peg bracket. Well, after a recent ride, my rear brake pedal was loose. When I looked, I discovered that the nut on the backside of this bolt was missing. Easy fix, right? But, turns out that this bolt had apparently been over-torqued (not by me--I had never touched this bolt before) and stretched. This changed the thread pitch so that a replacement nut would not spin on. Again, easy fix--just buy a new bolt, which I did.

But, the point of this post is just a heads up to say the OEM bolt is not designed to handle the load and stresses that get transmitted to the subframe. You need a stronger bolt here. My local shop did not have this bolt in a 12.9, so I'm going with an 8.8. I'm guessing that this is the same as the OEM BMW bolt, so I'll check it every so often to see how it's doing. And rather than torque the hell out of it, I'm using a flanged nut with some blue loctite and only torqued down a half turn past snug.

Also, for you guys who get bored easily by all this tech talk, here's a picture of Kirby taken the same day the nut fell off. He probably heard it go tink, tink--

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